State of the Word 2018: WordPress Embraces the Block Editor

photo credit: WP Tavern WordCamp US kicked off in Nashville over the weekend, following the release of WordPress 5.0. In the first 48 hours, 5.0 had been downloaded more than 2.8 million times. It passed 3 million Saturday night. “There’s been a lot that’s been going on, so I’d like to allow WordPress the chance Read more about State of the Word 2018: WordPress Embraces the Block Editor[…]

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” Released, Lays A Foundation for the Platform’s Future

In 2016 at WordCamp US in Philadelphia, PA, Matt Mullenweg announced to the world that a new post and page editor would be coming to WordPress. “The editor does not represent the core of WordPress publishing,” Mullenweg said. His vision of the editor was geared towards a more block-based approach that unifies widgets, shortcodes, and Read more about WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” Released, Lays A Foundation for the Platform’s Future[…]

New Block Lab Plugin Makes it Easy to Create Custom Gutenberg Blocks

Block Lab is a new tool that provides an admin interface and a templating system for creating custom Gutenberg blocks. Rob Stinson, Luke Carbis, and Rheinard Korf, all employees at XWP, kicked off the project in their own time with the goal of removing the relatively steep barrier to block creation. The plugin is now Read more about New Block Lab Plugin Makes it Easy to Create Custom Gutenberg Blocks[…]

WordPress Theme and Plugin Shops are Pioneering the First Layout Blocks for Gutenberg

photo credit: Jeffrey Betts Many WordPress theme shops started out with themes as their only products but over the years have moved into selling plugins that enhance their core products. This came about partially because theming standards evolved to encourage developers to put non-presentational functionality into plugins. For many, the revenue from plugins quickly eclipsed Read more about WordPress Theme and Plugin Shops are Pioneering the First Layout Blocks for Gutenberg[…]

MetaSlider Plugin Adds Gutenberg Block for Inserting Sliders

If you search for “slider” in the WordPress plugins directory, MetaSlider is the first result that comes up. The plugin, created by the team at UpdraftPlus, is active on more than 900,000 sites, more than any other free slider plugin, and averages a 4.7-star review. It includes four different types of sliders: Flex 2, Nivo Read more about MetaSlider Plugin Adds Gutenberg Block for Inserting Sliders[…]

Pootlepress Previews Upcoming Storefront Blocks Plugin for WooCommerce

At the end of 2017, WooCommerce published some of their “Wootenberg experiments”, one of the first previews of what e-commerce might look like in the Gutenberg era. Gutenberg’s handling of meta boxes has greatly evolved since that time and the WooCommerce Gutenberg Products Block feature plugin is now active on more than 20,000 sites. The Read more about Pootlepress Previews Upcoming Storefront Blocks Plugin for WooCommerce[…]

WordPress to Support Classic Editor for “Many Years to Come,” Plugin and Theme Markets Expected to Drive Gutenberg Adoption

During the 2017 State of the Word address, Matt Mullenweg announced the availability of the Classic Editor plugin for site owners who are not ready to adopt Gutenberg when it makes its debut in WordPress 5.0. Since its release, the community has speculated about what the plugin’s active installation numbers mean and how long it Read more about WordPress to Support Classic Editor for “Many Years to Come,” Plugin and Theme Markets Expected to Drive Gutenberg Adoption[…]

Plugin Review: Theme Support for Gutenberg

As Gutenberg nears a merge with WordPress, Theme Authors are running out of time to ensure that their themes are compatible. The Gutenberg handbook has an excellent article on how to opt-in and add support for enhanced features. Most themes will present the default blocks without any issues as the blocks themselves provide their own Read more about Plugin Review: Theme Support for Gutenberg[…]

Array Launches Free Gutenberg-Ready Atomic Blocks Theme on WordPress.org

Mike McAlister and the team at Array Themes have fully embraced Gutenberg and are one of the first shops on the scene with a free WordPress theme designed specifically to work with the new editor. The Atomic Blocks theme is now available on WordPress.org with minimal styling and seamless support for all core content and Read more about Array Launches Free Gutenberg-Ready Atomic Blocks Theme on WordPress.org[…]

WPWeekly Episode 323 – Recap of WordCamp Grand Rapids and A Gutenberg Road Map

In this episode, John James Jacoby recaps his trip to WordCamp Grand Rapids and shares his experience. WordCamp Grand Rapids had a strong focus on tools, plugins, and themes and by all accounts, was a successful event. We discussed Matt Mullenweg’s Summertime update, the roadmap for merging Gutenberg into core, and what comes after Gutenberg. Read more about WPWeekly Episode 323 – Recap of WordCamp Grand Rapids and A Gutenberg Road Map[…]